Monday Morning Prayer: 31 Aug 2020 -Psalm 140:6, Colossians 3:1-4, 16-17 ~ Look up!

Monday Morning Prayer, 31 Aug 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

“set your sights on the realities of heaven”
Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

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Scripture: Psalm 140:6 (NLT)

I said to the Lord, “You are my God!”
Listen, O Lord, to my cries for mercy!

Psalm 140 – B Ari Lesser

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Scripture Reading

Colossians 3:1-4, 16-17 (NLT)

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
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Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

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Prayer:

Heavenly Father: I have died with Christ to sin, and have been raised to life with him. Keep my heart focused on eternity – on Christ who gives my life meaning, who will welcome me, one day, in glory. While I await that day, in faith –

+ I renounce the devil and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God…
+ I renounce the empty promises and deadly deceits of this world that corrupt and destroy the creatures of God…
+ I renounce the sinful desires of the flesh that draw me from the love of God…

Heavenly Father: Deliver me from the powers of darkness and evil, and lead me into the light and obedience of your kingdom. That I may –

+ Live as a new person whose life is hidden in Christ…
+ Live as one who is loved and forgiven in Christ…
+ Live as one who is at peace with you and my neighbors…

Heavenly Father: Fill me with your Spirit, that I may joyfully and obediently follow where Christ leads me, that one day I may share in his glory, when I meet him face-to-face. It’s in his name I pray. Amen.

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“Grave Clothes” – Stephen McWhirter

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Closing: Colossians 3:16-17

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

New Year’s Day: Tue, 01 Jan – Colossians 3:2-4 ~ Look up!

New Year’s Day

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – Psalm 62:5-8 (NLT)

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
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Morning Reading: Colossians 3:2-4 (NLT)

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
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Morning Prayer

Gracious God: Hold us close to your heart and fill us with your Spirit, that we may live day to day with our end in mind – sharing in the heavenly glory of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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“Heaven Came Down And Glory Filled My Soul” – Paul Nicholas

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Blessing – Titus 2:11-13 (NLT)

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.